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Town & Country Circuit Rider Retreat

Michigan Town & Country Ministries Presents the 50th Annual Circuit Rider Retreat Featuring Keynote Speaker Bishop David A. Bard   Open to ALL pastors and spouses serving smaller, single and multiple-point churches.  The retreat is also open to retired pastors who have attended in the past.   Join us at the West Branch Quality Inn… Continue Reading Town & Country Circuit Rider Retreat

Surf’s up and God is there

During a hurricane the surf's up.

Reflecting on scripture and a classic rock song, Surf’s Up, Bishop David Bard invites everyone into God’s creative work in the world and in the church.

Bishop Bard clarifies disaffiliation info

Bishop Thomas Bickerton clarifies a point with colleagues

Because of voting irregularities, the legislation passed at GC 2019, concerning churches leaving the denomination, is under question. Bishop Bard claries the effect for Michigan.

Seeing differently

Pastor seeing and greeting children and parents at the border

Bishop David Bard asks God to give everyone new eyes; eyes for seeing beyond racism to respond to parents and their children at the U.S.-Mexico border in a new light.

Bishop Bard offers ‘Room for Grace’

Corey Simon conversation with Bishop Bard

Want to learn more about the recently announced Bard-Jones Plan for Unity in The UMC? Listen to this 36-minute podcast, Room for Grace, hostd by Pastor Corey Simon.

Bishops Bard and Jones seek unity

BIshop Bard and colleagues consult Discipline on future course of UMC.

On July 10 UM News released a report of a “New Form of Unity,” proposed by Bishops David Bard (Michigan) and Scott Jones (Texas). Read the report and more comments from Bishop Bard.

AC 2019 is ‘greenhouse for leadership’

Persons holding placards during opening worship

The Michigan Annual Conference celebrated Bold and Effective Leadership, and now moves forward — with wisdom, courage, and heart — for mission and ministry in a changing world.

AC members learn about leadership

Small child at Annual Conference

Bishop David Bard called the church a “greenhouse” in his opening sermon on May 30. Seeds of leadership continued to be planted throughout the course of the 2019 Annual Conference.

‘Unfinished business’ from AC 2019

Bishop Bard talks business with Nichea VerVeer Guy

Home from Annual Conference, Bishop David Bard speaks on actions taken at the 2019 session and reflects on what is yet unfinished as United Methodists move forward toward the 2020 General Conference.

The future is in our hands

bird in hand

Hands and hearts will be shaping the future of The UMC. Benton Heisler explains an important action to be taken at the 2019 Michigan Annual Conference meeting May 30-June 1.

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